The now-iconic GAA shorts worn by Paul Mescal in Normal People are among the items going under the hammer in an online auction to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation.

The Auction Thrill for Jack & Jill takes place at www.jackandjill.ie from Friday, August 21 at 10:00am to Friday, August 28 at 7:00pm.

Mescal has signed the shorts and has recorded a message to highlight the work of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, whose fundraising, like many charities, has been affected by the Covid-19 emergency.

The Kildare actor, co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones and director Lenny Abrahamson have also signed a script from the first episode of Normal People as an auction item.

Other items going under the hammer include: golfer Shane Lowry's souvenir flag from the 18th hole at his Open Championship win at Royal Portrush in 2019; Conor Murray's rugby jersey and boots from the Rugby World Cup 2019; a Munster jersey, signed by the 2019/2020 squad; and a GAA All Stars 2013 framed jersey, signed by the team and manager Jim Gavin.

Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, said the organisation has been "overwhelmed" with the support it has received for the auction.

The shorts in action

"People have been incredibly generous in offering often prized personal possessions of huge sentimental value," she continued.

"However, people also recognise the really important work of our Jack & Jill nurses and the frontline home nursing and end-of-life support that we provide to 362 children across the country today. These are children, from birth to five years of age, with highly complex medical and life-threatening conditions, who have nowhere else to turn but to Jack & Jill.

"I would urge the public to please be as generous as they can and get bidding so that our nurses can continue doing what they do best in our bid to support seriously ill children and their families."

In June, Mescal raised over €70,000 for suicide prevention charity Pieta by raffling off the chain worn by his character Connell in Normal People.

The chain found a new home in June

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